Floyd C. Merchant - December 06, 2011Floyd C. Merchant, 100, of York formerly of Polk, died at York General Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at Arbor Drive Community Church in York with Rev. Brad Johnson officiating. Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Solt Funeral Home in Polk. A private family burial will be held at the Arborville Cemetery near Polk prior to the Memorial Service.
Memorials are suggested to a favorite charity or to the family for a later designation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com. Solt Funeral Home of Polk is in charge of the arrangements.
Floyd Clement was born Aug. 9, 1911, in Arborville Township, York County, to Raleigh E. and Laura K. (Recknor) Merchant. He received his education at District 89 School in Arborville Township and two years at Polk High School. He graduated from York High School and received his degree from York College.
Floyd was united in marriage to Maxine G. Barr on Feb. 5, 1936 at the Barr home in Lockridge Township. Maxine died of leukemia on April 11, 1944. On Nov. 28, 1946, Thanksgiving Day, Floyd and Katherine J. Keyes were married at Shiloh EUB Church northwest of York. To this union were born three children.
Floyd farmed in the Arborville Township area and was involved in the farming operation until his death. He earned his CDL in 1995, at the age of 84, so he could continue to drive his semi-truck and he renewed it in 1999. In July of 1977, they moved to York.
Floyd was a member of the Arbor Drive Community Church in York and served on the Board of Elders. He also served as Sunday School superintendent and teacher. Floyd was a member at Arborville Congregational Church near Polk and served on the Board of Deacons and he was also a former member of the Polk Baptist Church. Floyd’s close relationship with the Lord fueled his passion to share his faith with others. He traveled with the Christian Laymen’s Crusade for a number of years, singing solos and in duets. He enjoyed leading Bible studies in homes and at the Central City Rest Home for several years. In his senior years, Floyd had a music ministry of singing at the York Truck Stop Chapel for Sunday morning services. He sang many times at the various rest homes in York and surrounding towns, giving half hour programs. Floyd and Katherine prayed daily for each member of their family.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy of York; three children, Myrna Jane (Alan J.) Dinwiddie of Ft. Collins, Colo., Arnold Eugene (Jan) Merchant of Littleton, Colo. and Alan Floyd (Tam) Merchant of Polk; eight grandchildren, Ben and Amy Merchant, Josh and Kayla Merchant, and Caleb and Melody Merchant all of Central City; Michael and Karen Dinwiddie, Cherilyn and Niall Stewart, Victor and Sarah Merchant, Michelle Fausto, Jesslyn and Christofer Hildred all of Colorado; four step-grandchildren, Jenna and Brett Wilcox, Lindley and Brandon McCrary, Marissa and Chad Brady, and Brianne Barkley; 17 great-grandchildren, and was anticipating the birth of others, and seven step-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Louise Merchant of Stromsburg; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; his grandson, Jeff Dinwiddie and his infant granddaughter, Bethany Merchant; great-granddaughter Brettania Fausto; and one brother, Robert Merchant.